The comedically long Cadillac limo originally built by Hollywood car customizer Jay Ohrberg has once again staked its claim as the world’s longest vehicle after a lengthy two-and-a-half-year restoration process.
Michael Manning, the president and director of Autoseum in Mineola, New York, purchased this 100-foot-long Cadillac limo roughly eight years ago after he found it rotting away behind a building somewhere in New Jersey. The limo, dubbed ‘The American Dream’ by Ohrberg, was labelled the world’s longest car by The Guinness Book of World Records in the 1990s and even featured luxurious amenities like a hot tub and a helipad before it was left to decay in an industrial park.
After winning the limo in an auction, Manning teamed up with Mike Dezer, owner of Florida-based car museum and tourist attraction Dezerland, to have the vehicle restored. Completing a full restoration on any vehicle can be a big undertaking, so it should go without saying that returning ‘The American Dream’ to its former glory was a huge task. While the vehicle utilizes the actual frames from six different Cadillac Eldorados, the extended middle section is a custom-made ladder frame that required various repairs and reinforcement. Manning and Dezer even had the hot tub and helipad restored – both of which are now fully operational.
The Guinness Book of World Records recently paid The American Dream a visit at Dezerland in Florida, re-measuring the recently restored Cadillac limo and re-certifying it as the world’s longest vehicle at 100 feet and 1.5 inches long. Manning and Dezer are considering converting the limo into a battery-electric vehicle at some point in the future, Manning said, which would also certify it as the world’s longest EV. While the sheer size and mass of the vehicle would certainly hurt its range, there’s plenty of room to fit a big battery pack within its 100-foot-long frame.
Check out the Guinness World Records video on the newly restored Great American Dream limousine embedded below.